June 30th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/08/art.vanhollen.gi.jpg caption="Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.

The ad will run Monday through Friday in radio markets throughout the country, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with a total buy of more than $100,000.

After an opening tailor-made for each targeted Republican, the impersonator then reads this boilerplate script:

"'W' here, wanted to thank you for your support of the big oil energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for big oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh, heh, heh."

CLICK PLAY to HEAR the DCCC's Bush impersonator

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the DCCC, told CNN that Democrats chose to use a Bush impersonator because the president's "big oil energy policies delivered high gas prices to the American people, so who better to deliver our message than someone who sounds like him? Every time Americans fill up their tanks or buy groceries high gas prices grab their attention, so it's important to give credit where credit is due."

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, sharply criticized the ad and said Democrats were being disingenuous.

"It is an outrageous attack," Diaz said. "It seems like it would be more appropriate leveled against Barack Obama who voted for the '05 energy bill, yet Democrats rail against subsidies to energy companies. The hypocrisy is stunning."

(List of targeted Republicans after the jump)

The cost of oil and gasoline has become a lightning rod on the campaign trail as Democrats and Republicans trade charges of inaction on the issue, and between presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama spar over how best to address the nation's energy needs.

Last week, McCain began airing a television ad on national cable and in battleground states touting his vision to help the country overcome what many people describe as an energy crisis.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it will start running radio ads this week against the following incumbent House Republicans.

* California Rep. Brian Bilbray

* Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent

* Virginia Rep. Thelma Drake

* West Virginia Rep. Shelly Moore Capito

* Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot

* Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English

* New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett

* Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach

* Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode

* North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes

* North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry

* Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam

* Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt

Filed under: DCCC • President Bush
soundoff (444 Responses)
  1. RCH, St. Paul, MN

    This is FABULOUS! I love the ad and the idea and applaud the Democrats for using such a fun ad to get the point across that 'W' is to blame for the oil. And I don't feel sorry for the 'poor widdle wepubwicans' who are getting targeted, they deserve to be ousted from office for supporting Bush's ridicuous policies.

    June 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Andy B

    A Bush impersonator? LOL I didn't think there could possibly be anyone on earth that could even act as stupid as the village idiot in the White House.

    June 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. At Frank O'Neil

    "If your number 1 pick is an idiot, and you choose the number 2 to run the show after a big disaster caused by the previous, what does it says about republicans?.'

    It shows that each time the Republican Candidates were slightly less of an idiot than what the Democrats could field to oppose them(Gore, Kerry). The same today when all the Democrats try to field a pure socialist rookie senator that's only grace is that he's articulate. My God, is Barack Husein Obama the best that the Democrats can field for President?

    June 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Andy

    Nice to see that after two years of a Democrat controlled congress, where gas prices doubled, their solution to lowering gas prices is to hire a Bush impersonator.

    Now that's real change.

    June 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Josh

    Bush '08!!! Screw the dems!

    June 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Jake

    This is deceptive advertising, oh wait Democrat ad. This is OK, because Obama isn't who he portrays and the liberals accept him. Never mind.

    June 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. KC, Atlanta

    What is more pathetic than so called straight talk express plane maccinsane just purchased.Cnn I dare you to post my comment.

    June 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. MannyMota

    So how does this show that the Democrats in Congress are spending their efforts in lowering prices? Why don't they do real work for us instead of having fun playing politics? What a bunch of scoundrels. Vote 'em all OUT if you really want change!

    June 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. No county for old m*n

    A vote for Mccain is like saying you are open to the chances of a draft.... and an Amercia that could watch it's economy go down the toilet. EnuffsEnuff!

    June 30, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. ???

    They should have used Frank Caliendo, that guy's impression is spot on 🙂

    Anyway, this whole campaign to link McCain to Bush is not a 'new type of politics', it's old school politics. Why don't both parties have their candidates run on their merits or, if they REALLY need to go negative, at least point out the other candidate's ACTUAL flaws (and by that I mean flaws that matter, not how stupid someone looks in a helmet).

    June 30, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. ???

    Joe the Troll
    June 29th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

    "Okay, can we agree that both sides are hypocrites and move on?"

    Yes, that's about the easiest agreement I've ever come to.

    June 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Ed Armstrong

    I love it... this is hysterical, and the best of all is true!

    We all got finger behind by this administration from day 1.

    Long live OIL and death to the earth (We moving to Mars next)

    June 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain runs on his POW experience only. Most people 45 amd younger don't know zip about the Vietnam war and don't care to know and McCain doesn't get it. McCain's claim to be better on security issues doesn't make sense either because he was never a military commander. Young people care about the here and now which means getting our troops out of Iraq.

    June 30, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. ron

    the republican's should run the same add with an obama look alike answereing the roll call on the 05 vote with a yeah as he voted

    June 30, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Charlotte

    Anyone who believes either party will suddenly solve our problems is an IDIOT. We are screwed either way. We seem to get to choose the lesser of two evils, every election. Our current congress has done nothing to stop Bush/Cheney from their rape of this country. What happen to balance of power? Everyone promises change, no one ever changes it for the better. I don't trust our government to take care of the problems we are facing. Term limits only serve to get people who serve themselves because they don't have to worry about re-election. We the people, have the power to limit terms, in the voting booth.

    June 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Greg

    Yes the Democrats have had a slim majority in the congress the last two years. Why haven't they done something about oil and the economy? Because the rebublicans attack every attempt and fillibuster good legislation and Bush vetoes anything that resembles good for the american people.

    June 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Tired of W, OH

    So, let me get this straight repubs...

    When the republican attack machine releases ads of this type, you call it "laying out the facts."

    When the dems do it, you call it "smear tactics" and childish.

    Don't be a bunch of hypocrits. It's sad, but Americans respond to this type of advertisement. You're just mad that the dems finally figured it out. Enjoy some of your own medicine you babies!

    June 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. P. Morrison

    The DNC must not be in such horrible financial straits after all if they can afford to waste money like this. Ridiculous!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-16

    June 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Keith

    The last thing we need is a racist like Obama as our President. Everything that Jeremiah Wright has said Obama agreed with for 20 years. Yes Obama is every bit as big of a racist as Wright.

    You want good ads, just wait for the Wright-Obama ads where Obama talks about how important Wright is to him and his family.

    June 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Dinnylou

    Why not include Rep. Tim Murphy – 19CD PA?

    June 30, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Randy S.

    I'm continually amazed at how ignorant and uninformed the majority of the voting public is, although I'm not sure I should be. It seems from the majority of bloggers on here that they get their political information and insights from little sound bites and snippets.
    People, you need to delve into these situations in order to educate yourselves and make INFORMED choices.
    McCain is offering real plans and real solutions for the energy crisis, Obama is offering "NO". McCain has and will offer comprehensive plans for immigration reform, Obama is offering "NO". McCain has served two decades on the Armed Services Committee, Obama has been running for President since he set foot in the Senate, other than that he has done "NO"thing.
    So, continue to bash Bush if you want, talk about beating a dead horse, but at least try to inform yourselves so you can vote for the person who will best serve this country, a person with a record of service to this country that spans 40 years, not an empty suit who is lost without his teleprompter (which is why he is avoiding the town hall meetings with McCain). Don't vote for Flimflamma, if you do you will deserve what you get, it won't be pretty.

    June 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Fix the Blame

    It's always more important to fix the blame than to fix the problem.

    No surprise that the Republicans are outraged about any criticism. They have driven the country into the ditch and wish to blame somebody else.

    June 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Derrick, Philadelphia

    I am still waiting to hear this is OBAMA making sexist attacks against hillary.

    June 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Bill in Virginia

    I think its great. Use every tactic in the books to expose Bush and his republican frauds responsible for this mess.

    Dems, I say go for the jugular.

    June 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. glennzville

    this is kind of silly, but thats ok.
    it wont be silly if the next president is a democrat.
    you will see how very serious we democrats are.

    June 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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